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Raphine in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail

At McCormick Farm

 
 
The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 1, 2013
1. The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail Marker
Inscription. Agriculture has changed in the Shenandoah Valley since McCormick’s day. Once known as the “breadbasket of the Confederacy” because of the amount of wheat grown here, the Valley grows very few small grains today. Much of the grain production moved to the flat prairies of the mid-west once the invention of the reaper made harvesting easier. Although some row crops are still grown, the primary use of these fields is now livestock pasture.

The change from grain farming to pasture is only one of many changes in land management in the last century and a half. This trail is designed to show you how farming practices have changed, especially along our streams and waterways. We now manage our farm fields for long-term environmental health an agricultural productivity, while we have set aside the sensitive riparian area for water quality protection and as a wildlife corridor. Travel quietly, and you may see migratory birds, or other native wildlife in their habitat. Please stay on the trail.
 
Location. 37° 55.948′ N, 79° 12.796′ W. Marker is in Raphine, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker is on McCormick's Farm Circle. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 128 McCormick's Farm Circle, Raphine VA 24472, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 1, 2013
2. The Marl Creek Interpretive Trail Marker
8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cyrus H. McCormick (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockbridge County / Augusta County (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Providence Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Virginia Inventors (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Providence Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Brownsburg (approx. 5.8 miles away); Cherry Grove Estate (approx. 6.2 miles away); McDowell's Grave (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raphine.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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